MARYSVILLE – The coaches seemed more excited than the wrestlers.
“I feel like a little kid,” assistant coach Zach Ames said as Marysville Getchell took a big lead on its way to its first-ever win over cross-town rival Marysville-Pilchuck in wrestling Thursday 54-24.
Head coach John Deaver said Ames is a big reason for the team’s success.
“Zach Ames helped us step up our game,” bringing in different wrestling styles, Deaver said. “He wrestled at a crazy high level.”
Deaver said he knew M-P had a strong team again this year, but he felt the Chargers matched up well.
“We got them fired up today,” he said. “It means a lot to me. It seems like we’re always the underdog.”
Junior Cheron Smith got the Chargers off to a great start with a 6-4, two-overtime decision over one of the top 285-pounders in the league, Justin Albee. Even though Smith weighs just 220 pounds, he wrestles at the heavier level to help the team.
At 106 pounds, sophomore Omar Salcedo pinned freshman Aiden Johnston in 2 minutes, 44 seconds.
At 113 pounds, sophomores Jacob Steele pinned Juan Tzun in 3:35.
Trailing 15-0, sophomore Mikey Bejar got M-P on the board at 120 pounds, pinning freshman Igor Shabalov in just 20 seconds.
After Charger Taylor Herridge won by forfeit at 126 pounds, teammate junior Cody Mitchell won one of the most exciting matches of the evening with an 8-5 decision over Isaiah Woods.
The Charger coaches jumped to their feet with excitement after sophomore T.J. Schwietzberger pinned Corey Fregoso in 3:08 at 138 pounds.
“That was a huge upset on paper,” Deaver said.
That victory gave MG a 30-6 lead.
Ammar Humoud of M-P showed the Tommies were down but not out, as he pinned junior John Allen in 3:08 at 145 pounds.
But Jesus Cabada pulled off another huge win, his coaches said, by pinning Douglas Cruz-Young in 1:40 at 152 pounds.
MG freshman Chris Bonner pinned sophomore Andon Merrick at 160 pounds as the Chargers took a 42-12 lead.
M-P’s Mauro Bejar won by disqualification over junior Andrew Cantu, but that clinched the victory for MG.
Tomahawk standout Cayden White pinned Anatoliy Bay in 1:05 to bring the visitors to within 42-24, but that was the end of their scoring as the Chargers ended the match with two pins.
At 195 pounds, Caleb Blonk pinned Kamiakin Craig in 2:17, while at 220 pounds Erick Duenes pinned Daryl Kalisto in 1:54.
Tuesday at home, M-P beat Arlington 46-33, starting off with five-straight pins.
Mauro Bejar started it off at 170 pounds by pinning Rylan Polkinghorn in 2:13, followed by White pinning Dawson at 182 in just 8 seconds. At 195, Craig pinned Gabe Vickers in only 50 seconds. At 220, Kalisto pinned Conner Stockman in 3:22. At 285, Albee pinned Hunter Strande in 1:22.
The Eagles finally got on the board with the first of three-straight wins with A.J. Dorchak at 106 winning a decision over Aiden Johnston 14-8. At 113 Eric Vogel pinned Tzun in 4:40 followed by Casten Tollenaar winning by forfeit at 120. At 126, Tomahawk Austin Davis pinned Dorian Tollenaar in only 55 seconds, but Eagle Cole Carroll pinned Woods in 4:26 at 132.
At 138, Eagle Trevor Latta pinned Fregoso in 3:14, but Tomahawk Humoud took a major decision over Dimitri Shaffer 14-6 at 145. Gabe Price of Arlington pinned Cruz-Young in 2:23 at 152 before the match ended with M-P’s Merrick winning a technical fall decision over Sean Lee 21-4 at 160.
Meanwhile, at an M-P tournament Saturday, the host team was seventh with 85 points and Lakewood 12th with 49.
For M-P, Austin Davis won the championship at 126 pounds by beating the top-ranked wrestler in the state in his weight class. Cayden White won the title at 182; Mauro Bejar tied for third at 170 pounds and Kamaikin Craig did the same at 195 pounds.
For Lakewood, Jack O’Hara tied for third at 113 pounds and Keegan Bach did the same at 285 pounds at the M-P tourney. Also, Stanwood beat Arlington 45-24 Thursday. At 126 pounds, sophomore Casten Tollenaar won by pin in 1 minute, 28 seconds. At 132, sophomore Cole Phillips won by pin in 2:47. At 145, junior Shaffer won by pin in 3:10. Arlington’s other points came on a forfeit for sophomore Stande at 285.
Washington Wrestling Report rankings
Arlington: Eric Vogel, 10th, 113 pounds; Dorian Tollenaar, 7th, 120; Trevor Latta, 12th, 138. Marysville-Pilchuck: Austin Davis, 3rd, 126; Cayden White, 1st, 182; Justin Albee, 6th, 285.